Mystery Vaping Disease Update: More Than 500 Stricken, 7 Dead; FDA, CDC investigating

By Marcy Kreiter | International Business Times |

As of 9/17, 530 cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette/vaping products have been reported from 38 states & one territory. 7 deaths have been confirmed. Learn the latest findings.

At least 530 people in 38 states have been sickened by and seven died from a vaping-related lung illness, but it still is unclear what is causing the malady, officials at the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The two federal agencies are conducting parallel investigations to determine if the illness is related to legal vaping products as well as those available on the black market. To encourage information sharing on purchase of illicit products, FDA investigators from the Office of Criminal Investigations said they are not pursuing any prosecutions.

Those stricken by the illness all have a history of e-cigarette or vaping use. Some used just THC – the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – or just nicotine or a combination of the two.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.